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Big D Daily: News for Monday, July 27, 2020

FC Dallas hold first intrasquad scrimmage, North Texas wins and other notes from around #MLSisBack

lThe MLS is Back Tournament concludes tonight, Charlotte unveils their team name and crest, and FC Cincinnati has been one of the surprise teams of the tournament.

// FC Dallas // North Texas //

North Texas Two Step: From Defense to Attack |
A quick tactical breakdown on how the reigning USL-1 champions won their first game of 2020.

Match Recap: North Texas SC 2, Forward Madison FC 1 |
North Texas SC kicked off their 2020 campaign with a 2-1 win over Forward Madison.

FC Dallas Holds First Intrasquad Scrimmage | Garrett Mercer |
Not an actual game yet, but Dallas continues to prepare for the 2020 regular season following the MLSisBack Tournament.

Dallas Presents Host City Plans to FIFA for 2026 World Cup |
Seems crazy to think about it during a global pandemic, but yeah, things are moving ahead and plans are being made. It’s hard to imagine this not happening thanks to the Dallas Cowboy’s AT&T Stadium that can pack in over 100,000 fans.

// MLS //

Nani’s feeling it, Carles Gil’s absence felt & more things we learned from Saturday’s action | Charles Boehm |
Quick recap from the first few games of the Knock Out Stages. Got a good quote from former FC Dallas forward Tesho Akindele on Pareja’s intensity and preparedness. I’m sure nobody here is surprised to hear any of that.

Cinderella? Orlando City need no pixie dust to be tournament contenders | Sam Jones |
Maybe it was home field advantage at the beginning but Oscar Pareja has Orlando playing some of the league’s best soccer right now. #BuscaLaForma

Orlando City’s Dom Dwyer Ruled Out for Remainder of MLS is Back Tournament | Michael Citro |
Dwyer left the bubble and had an MRI on his left knee. He will not return to the team until after the tournament.

MLS developing plan for resuming MLS regular season |
It’s kinda weird to think that there’s a regular season coming after the MLSisBack tournament - usually it’s the other way around, but it is 2020.

Frank de Boer out as Atlanta head coach | Joe Patrick |
de Boer never settled into Atlanta and unceremoniously crashed out of the MLSisBack tournament without a win. Unlikely but the juiciest gossip that’s floating around is the idea of Atlanta poaching Orlando’s Pareja.

Sporting Kansas City survive Whitecaps scare and advance | Robert Rusert |
It went down to PKs but the story of the night was Whitecaps’ rising star keeper: Thomas Hasal.

NYCFC pass huge Toronto FC hurdle as Maxi Moralez shows his class | Zito Madu |
This is why knock out tournaments are so fun: NYCFC took down Toronto despite the Reds dominating possession and putting NYC under a lot of pressure for most of the game.